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Please ID critter on my apple tree

Posted by toronado3800 Z6 St. Louis (My Page) on
Tue, May 21, 13 at 23:59

This year my apple tree seems to finally be setting a decent amount of fruit and wouldn't you know it a ton of these little buggers are on it.

What are they? It seems they are doing some foliage damage. Think its important I spray some insecticide if I expect to eat any home grown apples?


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RE: Please ID critter on my apple tree

NO!!! Ladybug larvae! You're very fortunate to have them, they eat tons and tons and TONS of aphids. They only eat bugs, not foliage. Just let Mother Nature do its thing :-)

Patty S.


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RE: Please ID critter on my apple tree

Those are good guys,Ladybird beetle(Ladybug) larva.They might be going after Aphids or other insects that are eating the leaves. Brady


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RE: Please ID critter on my apple tree

Lol and thank you!

Perhaps this is to be a good year for ladybugs.


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RE: Please ID critter on my apple tree

It is good to know what the ladybug larvae look like. I have a ton of lady bugs so I try not to spray anything unless I have to. They seem to do a good job of keeping things clear. The only tree I had to spray this year was a small pecan tree becuase I had some bugs that were stripping the leaves off it.


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RE: Please ID critter on my apple tree

It's funny how something that looks so malevolent can be so beneficial.


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RE: Please ID critter on my apple tree

They always remind me of little Gila Monsters.


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